Greek Musician
Born Nov 14, 1954
Age 60
Hometown Kalamata, Greece
Genres Crossover (music)...
Instruments Musical keyboard ...
Performed With Chameleon
Record Label Virgin Records
Height 5' 11" (180 cm)

Yanni is a Greek self-taught pianist, keyboardist, and composer who has spent his adult life in the United States. Yanni earned Grammy nominations for his 1992 album, Dare to Dream and the 1993 follow-up, In My Time. His breakthrough success came with the 1994 release of Yanni Live at the Acropolis, said to be the second best-selling concert video of all time.… Read More

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1954 Birth Born on November 14, 1954.


1972 17 Years Old In 1972, Yanni moved from Greece to the United States to attend the University of Minnesota, receiving a B.A. degree in psychology in 1976. … Read More


1980 25 Years Old In 1980 Yanni recorded his first album Optimystique, which Atlantic Records re-released in 1984 and Private Music re-released in 1989.


1987 32 Years Old Yanni formed a band in 1987 and began to tour in 1988, when he went on the road with an ensemble including pianist/singer John Tesh and drummer Charlie Adams, touring to promote his early albums, Keys to Imagination, Out of Silence, and Chameleon Days. … Read More
1990 35 Years Old Yanni gained visibility as the result of his November 1990 appearances in People and on The Oprah Winfrey Show with actress Linda Evans, with whom he had been in a relationship since 1989. … Read More
1992 37 Years Old Dare to Dream, released in 1992, was Yanni’s first Grammy-nominated album. It included "Aria," a song based on Léo Delibes' The Flower Duet (Lakmé, 1883) and popularized by an award-winning British Airways commercial. A second Grammy-nominated album, In My Time, followed in 1993.
1993 38 Years Old Yanni's breakthrough concert, Yanni Live at the Acropolis, was filmed in September 1993 at the 2,000-year-old Herodes Atticus Theater at the Acropolis of Athens, an album and DVD being released in 1994. … Read More


1995 40 Years Old …  In 1995, The Los Angeles Times' Don Heckman wrote that Yanni's music is "based on sweeping romantic melodies underscored with energetic Mediterranean rhythms." … Read More
1997 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1997, Yanni became one of the few Western artists permitted to perform and record at the Taj Mahal in India.
2000 45 Years Old In 2000, after the two-year hiatus Yanni released If I Could Tell You, his first studio album in seven years. … Read More
2003 48 Years Old 1 More Event
The music in Yanni's 2003 album Ethnicity represented many of the world's cultures, Yanni saying it uses ethnicity to reflect the color and beauty of a multicultural society. … Read More


2010 55 Years Old 1 More Event
The Yanni Live in South America tour included September 2010 performances in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, and a November 2010 performance in Puerto Rico. … Read More
…  In late 2011 Yanni remarked that he tends to prefer instrumental music "because it's more open, but the human voice too can be the most expressive instrument known to man. … Read More
The five month long An Evening with Yanni tour began in March 2012, starting in Mexico (2 stops), and continuing to the United States (66 stops) and Canada (14 stops). … Read More
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